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Sofia Retro Bike Tour
"The tour starts at the beginning of the main pedestrian street Vitosha in front of the entrance of the subway station NDK. You will bike towards it and stop in front of the Largo complex. Built in 1950's the three building of the government are typical with their new-classical architecture or Stalinist style. Bike b the complex is representative for the period of late 80's (happy socialism). Then you will go to one of the living quarters which was initially built during the 50's but it was still growing in the 70's and 80's. 15 minutes away from it is our next stop - the monument of the Soviet army. It is the biggest monument in the country of that time and it is still standing right in paintings and news-roll movies making the so called socialist realism in art. The last stop of the tour is the National museum of Military History. There you can see some of the out-of-date arms made during the Cold war in the USSR and Bulgaria. In the p"""The city is the capital of Bulgaria since 1879. Until 1944 the Bulgarian state was developing rapidly and Sofia was smoothly changed from a muddy-street small town into a modern capital city. But in the end of the world war II the Soviet army occupied th
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Sofia Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
"Meet your expert guide and the rest of your small group in central Sofia and set off on your walking tour. Filled with elegant buildings and squares Sofia is a dream to explore. As you stroll discover the main landmarks hear insights about the city’s history and culinary heritage and enjoy three or four food stops to try delicious local specialities.Walk past the stately National Theater and admire the King’s Palace and the Presidency building. Then stop at a cozy cafe popular with the locals. Savor some shopska — a salad made from cucumber tomatoes
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Afternoon Delights in Sofia Tour
"The local guide will show you the beautiful buildings of the National Theater King’s palace Presidency and will lead us to the Art Club which is a favorite place for the locals. Here we will stop for a snack and try the world famous Shopska salad prepared with fresh cucumbers tomatoes
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"Yes" here means "no" and "no" means "yes"!

I bet there are already plenty of tips on this topic, but I find it so important that I have decided to start my Sofia page from it.In Bulgaria, like in Macedonia and Albania (I have read this), the...
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Mikebond
Sep 30, 2010

say yes with a side to side nod of the head

Bulgarians seem to take some local pleasure in confusing non-Bulgarians with their take on the head-nod. Nodding from side to side, where in many places signifies "no" or something in the negative,...
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potrerohillman
Oct 01, 2007

Don't Get Confused

Unlike most countries, in Bulgaria, when you want to answer with a 'yes', shake your head back and forth. To answer with a 'no', nod your head up and down. This will spare you a lot of confusion and...
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viddra
Jan 14, 2006

Shake and Nod with a Twist (for Advanced Users)

We have smth called 'double positive negation' and 'double negative affirmation': "da, da!" (yes, yes) means actually "no", "I don't believe you" or "that would never happen". This is usually followed...
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Scarlie
Aug 18, 2005

Shake and Nod

We move heads sideways (ear to shoulder) to indicate 'yes' and nod to say 'no' . Our nod, however, is more like raising the chin up instead of lowering it down.To avoid confusion you may just want to...
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Scarlie
Aug 18, 2005

I almost died of laughter when...

I almost died of laughter when I read somewhere of a cultural tip that said not to put your bag on the floor, because people will stare at you and because it's considered bad luck! People in Bulgaria...
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Balkan_Yovo
Sep 08, 2002

There are no serious cultural...

There are no serious cultural taboos that will get a westerner in trouble. Quite the reverse, you might be offended at the brusqeness and lack of respect for personal space that are the legacies of...
conservomat
Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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"Sofia Guide - One of the Oldest Cities in Europe"
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Ministry of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture is probably not high on your list of places to visit in Budapest. Nevertheless, it is probably on your route, and is worth a second look. The building is right next to the...
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Central Sofia Market Hall

The Central Sofia Market Hall is truly work of art. It is designed by Naum Torbov and combines a neo-Renaissance style with neo-Baroque and a touch of neo-Byzantine features. The building has a...
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Banya Bashi Mosque

I believe that this remnant of the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria is the only functioning mosque in Sofia. It dates from the 15th Century and did seem to attract many worshippers. I was planning to visit,...
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Tsentrali Hali Market

Tsentrali Hali - we really liked this indoor market hall. It had some useful shops for snacks, alcohol, souvenirs. There was a pleasant bar downstairs and upstairs there was a very cheap food court...
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Rila Monastery

The Rila Monastery - we booked a car with driver to take us to Rila Monastery. We booked in the Eurolines office in the basement of Sofia Central Train Station. It cost 70 Euros. The car turned out...
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Vitosha Mountain

The city of Sofia lies at the foot of Vitosha Nature Park, the most frequented mountain in Bulgaria which has been turned into a site of education in responsible attitude towards nature due to its...
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